Speculation that Trig Palin, her youngest son was actually her daugher Bristol's child (a medical impossibility)
Excoration of the Governor for choosing to give birth to her handicapped baby
Lies about Troopergate
Lies about banning books
Lies about the Bridge to Nowhere
References to Palin and her family as "white trash"
Accusations of racism for wearing a white jacket at a campaign rally
Distortions of things she'd said in interviews (e.g. Tina Fey, "I can see Russia from my house")
Hostile, unfair interviews at the hands of Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric
Backstabbing from McCain insiders including unsubstantiated charges of having "post partum depression"
References to being a "slutty flight attendant"
Verbal sexual assaults on her 14 year-old daughter by a perverted 60+ year-old comedian
Refusal to acknowledge or publicize any of her accomplishments like the natural gas pipeline and the fact that Alaska under her leadership, is one of the country's most fiscally solvent states
15 bogus ethics charges resulting in $500,000 of legal fees
Recent, despicable photoshops of her Down syndrome baby
And the list goes on and on. Regrettably, many on the right including Kathleen Parker, Peggy Noonan, Heather MacDonald and Debbie Schlussel were quick to pile on. If not engaging in below-the-belt attacks, other conservatives bemoaned her lack of qualifications and/or gravitas. Of these, Charles Krauthammer, Jonah Goldberg, Byron York and Rich Lowry are the most notable.
Nothing really new here: whether the assault comes from the right or left, it's ultimately a case of the elites vs. the everyday man and woman. Sarah Palin doesn't speak with an affected East Coast accent. She didn't attend an Ivy League College, nor does she hail from an acclaimed political pedigree. She's just an ordinary (though quite beautiful), hard-working American with a passion for her country, a relentless work ethic and a genuine desire to serve. There was a time in our history when these qualities were revered and celebrated. Sadly, those days appear to be over, as style has defeated substance, and celebrity has superceded accomplishment in the perilous Age of Obama.
As someone who looks upon Palin as a role-model and a woman of remarkable character, I have nothing but admiration for the way she's carried herself through this entire spectacle. Reflecting upon the last eight months, it's an amazing testament to her strength and character that she came this far. While I am disappointed she will no longer serve as Alaska's governor, I fully respect and understand her decision. When 80% of her time is spent defending herself against false accusations (and racking up exorbitant legal bills in the process), it's not humanly possible to devote herself to her actual job -- serving the people of her state. And Sarah Palin is that rare breed of politician who actually takes her responsibilities seriously; it's a tragedy for our nation that there aren't many more like her in the halls of Congress.